By Peter Wharton
The bonny Fly Like An Eagle filly Wonderful To Fly is Western Australia’s top two-year-old filly for the season.
From 15 starts she has won eight races including the Group 1 $100,000 Allwood Stud Westbred Classic, the Group 3 Gold Bracelet and the Listed Westsired Pace and $148,590 in stakes.
Wonderful To Fly was one of three individual two-year-old winners sired by Fly Like An Eagle during August, the others being Torrevean Amy and Pacific Eagle.
Fly Like An Eagle has jumped into second position on the Australian two-year-old sires’ list behind only Bettor’s Delight and ahead of Captaintreacherous, Always B Miki, Betting Line and Somebeachsomewhere.
In 2021 Fly Like An Eagle has left 14 two-year-old winners of 27 races and $439,149 in stakes through the end of August.
The brilliant son of Mach Three was also represented by the NSW provincial winner Stone The Eagle from his first crop.
Meanwhile, Follow The Stars, who is now standing at Medowie Lodge, Newcastle, has maintained his ranking among the top ten sires on both the two and three-year-old premierships.
Last month Follow The Stars was represented by the two-year-old winner Cullen Star, three-year-old winners in Our Star Billing (Gloucester Park), Our Glowing Star (Gloucester Park and Northam), Silver Star Lombo (Pinjarra and Bunbury) and Flash Mob, and the four-year-olds Star Of The Class (Gloucester Park), Beejays Star (Bunbury), Mollidor (Tamworth twice), Royal Order (Northam and Central Wheatbelt) and Fiord.
August 2021 proved another red-letter month for Allwood Stud principals Bob and Marilyn Fowler, who bred no less than 12 individual winners of 18 races across two States and North America.
The haul included Gloucester Park winners in Magnificent (winner of five of his last eight starts), Star Of The Class, Our Star Billing and Our Glowing Star, Back In Twenty (1:57.5, Pinjarra), On My Oath, who won twice at Mildura, and Lord Willoughby, a winner in 1:53.4 at Batavia Downs, New York.